Last Wednesday night City Council agreed to allocate $30,000 towards the construction of the new Dan Smith Community Park. That matches the largest fund raising pledge to date.
The first $20,000 of the City’s contribution will be used to hire an engineering firm to take the concept plans and convert them into the construction documents that will detail the exact specifications for each of the park’s planned elements. The remaining $10,000 would then go towards paying for some of the items included in the plan.
The Burbick Foundation reports that the fund raising campaign has collected $47,000 towards the $250,000 needed to complete the park as planned. If you throw in the City’s $10,000 (the $250,000 goal didn’t include the costs for construction documents so the City’s first $15,000 is a wash) then the total is up to $56,000. One-quarter of the way home!
Main Street Kent (working with the Burbick Foundation) has put together a web site for the fund raising campaign and here’s the link for that: http://www.dansmithcommunitypark.com/
The web site is a one-stop shop for the fund raising campaign, featuring information on the park and opportunities to donate.
The Park is already living up to it’s name — Dan could always rally the community for a great cause and he’s still hard at work doing it with the Park that is dedicated in his honor.